The Higher Education Standards Panel membership

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, with responsibility related to the standards applying in higher education in Australia.

Professor Peter Shergold AC (Chair)

Chancellor, University of Western Sydney; Chair, NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board

Professor Peter Shergold AC has been Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney since 1 January 2011. He holds a B.A. Hons (First Class) in Politics and American Studies from the University of Hull; an M.A. in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle; and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics.

Professor Shergold has had a distinguished career in public service. In February 2003, he was asked by the Prime Minister, John Howard, to serve as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, becoming the nation's most senior public servant. Prior to this Professor Shergold held appointments as Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training, Secretary of the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Australian Public Service Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer of Comcare, and head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). In 1987 he established the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Professor Shergold serves on the Boards of AMP Ltd, Veda Group Ltd and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He is also Chair of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, Chair of the Social Investment Expert Advisory Group, Chair of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and serves on the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council and the Queensland Public Sector Renewal Board.

Professor Shergold was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for public service on Australia Day 1996 and received the Centennial Medal in 2003. In 2007, he received Australia's highest award, the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for service to the community.

Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA (Member)

Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Western Australia and Chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel from 2012-2014.

Professor Alan Robson was the Chair of the inaugural Higher Education Standards Panel and is a former Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost of The University of Western Australia. Professor Robson has been Chair of the Group of Eight Universities (2007-2010) and Deputy Chair of Universities Australia (2005-2011); Deputy Chair of the Council of the National Library (1998-2005); a member of the Western Australian Science Council (2003-2009) and the CSIRO Board (2003-2008).

Professor Robson was awarded the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science. In 2003 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and awarded a Centenary Medal, and in 2009, Professor Robson was made a Citizen of Western Australia. In 2013, Professor Robson was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service to tertiary education through governance and administrative roles, to the advancement of scientific and medical research, and to the community.

Professor Robson is an eminent university leader who has a profound commitment to quality educational outcomes for students in our higher education system. He is also a member of the Quality Indicators for Learning and the Teaching Working Group and the Quality, Deregulation and Information Working Group, established by the Commonwealth Government.

The education system of Western Australia has benefited from Professor Robson's expertise. In 2001, he chaired the Ministerial Taskforce on Structures, Services and Resources Supporting Government Schools.

Professor Greg Craven (Member)

Vice-Chancellor, Australian Catholic University; Board Member, Universities Australia

Professor Craven, lawyer and academic, commenced as Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University in February 2008.

An expert in public law, Professor Craven has published numerous journal articles and books. A regular contributor to public debate, he is a columnist for The Australian and The Catholic Leader. Professor Craven is Deputy Chairman of The Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council, Vice-President of the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association Executive Committee, a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Professor Craven is a member of Universities Australia (UA), a member of its Board of Directors and Lead Vice-Chancellor for UA in the area of Quality. Professor Craven also represents UA as a member of the National Advisory Group on Higher Education Data and Information. Professor Craven is also a member of the NSW Vice-Chancellors Committee and the Victorian Vice-Chancellor's Committee.

Professor Craven also chaired the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group, which recently reported to Government.

Ms Karen Thomas (Member)

Senior Litigation & Managing Partner, Fisher Jeffries;

Ms Karen Thomas has extensive experience in legal practice with particular interest in government business, corporations law, dispute resolution & litigation, construction & engineering, and insurance. She has been admitted to the Supreme Courts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory and the High Court of Australia.

Ms Thomas has previously held roles including as a member of the TAFE SA Advisory Board (2013), a member of the South Australian Legal Practitioners’ Education and Admission Council (2006–2010) and the Deputy Chair, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (1997–2008).

Ms Thomas is also a Member of the Board of Directors, Royal Automobile Association of South Australia Inc, Chair of the Helpmann Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts Inc, a member of the South Australian Board of Examiners, and Presiding Officer of the South Australian Third Party Premiums Committee.

The Hon Phil Honeywood (Member)

National Executive Director, International Education Association of Australia

The Hon Phil Honeywood became National Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) in November 2011. With a small secretariat based in Melbourne, the Association is a not for profit peak body that represents all sectors of Australia’s international education industry.

Mr Honeywood brings extensive knowledge of all aspect of higher education, including international eduction, and a strong network of both private and public providers.

Mr Honeywood was the Member for Warrandyte in the Victorian State Parliament, Australia, for 18 years (1988–2006). During this period he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the then Premier Hon. Jeff Kennett (1992 to 1996) and as the Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996 to 1999). He was also Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2002–2006.

Since retiring from full-time politics in 2006, Mr Honeywood has been Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College in Melbourne. He also served two terms on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology. He is also the current Chairman of the State Government of Victoria’s Interpreting and Translation Service (VITS).

Dr Krystal Evans

Dr Krystal Evans is CEO of the BioMelbourne Network, a membership-based industry association for the health innovation and life sciences industries in Victoria. Dr Evans is a leading advocate for science and technology and has over 15 years’ experience in the biomedical research sector. She holds a PhD in Medical Biology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research at the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Wollongong.

In 2015 Krystal was on an expert advisory group for the Medical Technologies & Pharmaceuticals sector where she advised the Minister for Industry and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources on the development of the policy and strategy for the Medical Technologies & Pharmaceuticals sector in Victoria.

Dr Evans’ appointment strengthens the panel’s capacity to provide advice on the delivery of the Government’s innovation and science agenda, particularly the need to increase student engagement with STEM subjects and fields of study.